How to set the mood for spell casting

 Although you can technically cast a spell anywhere, I like to set the mood when I’m practicing. This isn’t always necessary, but it helps me reconnect and set the tone of my magic.

When I’m feeling particularly witchy, it helps me to gather stronger energy. This is true for most witches, you at least want to get into the vibe of the spell you’re casting subconsciously and unconsciously to create something really powerful.

Beginner witches have typically not yet accumulated that many tools for their spell work, let alone have a full-on working spell room to use, but these things aren’t always necessary. There are many ways to add that mindful witchcraft vibe into your setting without spending much, or even better, any money at all. 

Here are a few of my favorite ways to create a mindful witchcraft atmosphere for your spell workings!

Play Music

There are some witches that like to work in silence while others prefer music. I find that a good playlist helps me get into the mood for my spell work. I actually have a few different playlists for when I am practicing. One is more Irish with haunting melodies, or I have some with Norse/Viking music. I also have a playlist with edgier tunes for spell work that’s more intense/dark. But my favorite is anything by Peter Gundry . 

If you’re interested in playing music while you practice, spend a bit of time and put together a good playlist. Make sure that it’s cohesive and goes with the vibe of the spell that you’re casting.

It’s pretty awful to have to stop in the middle of a spell and find a different song. This can totally kill the mood, I recommend that you put together your playlist before you start so that you don’t get interrupted! 

Burn Incense

Setting the witchy mood is all about the senses. Smell is really important, even subconsciously, and helps me stay focused during spell work.

My favorite way to get into spell work when it comes to smell is by burning incense. I choose my incense scent based on what I actually like and what scents go with the spell I’m casting.

When I’m practicing, I burn incense from beginning to end, so I like to have a lot on hand. 

Bring In The Elements

Engaging the senses during spell work is important but so are the elements. After all, the fundamentals of witchcraft are centered around the four elements.

I like to bring each element into my space before I begin practicing. On a visual and spiritual level, I feel that having a balance of the elements keeps me focused and alert. The elements also help me ground my energy more effectively.

For example, I place flowers on the table I’m working on (earth) as well as a cup of water or indoor fountain (water), a series of lit candles (fire), and incense (air). I sometimes use a fan for air instead if I want a lot of flow, or I’ll open the window if there’s a fall breeze outside.

You can choose whatever you’d like to represent the elements. Make sure that you feel a connection to each and that you have somewhat balanced ratios between the elements, although this doesn’t need to be perfect. You can also include more of one specific element if you feel it’ll help you based on the spell you’re casting.

Make A Mini Altar 

Some witches have a dedicated altar space while others have multiple ones inside and out. Setting up your altar is always a good way to incorporate that mindful witchcraft vibe into your practice. You can do this with a set altar or with a simple table that you’ll be using for only an hour.

I like to spread a cloth out on my altar, place candles around the corners, and add in tokens that mean something to me. Sometimes I include a crystal ball or Tarot cards, other times I choose a bowl of salt, figurine, or crystals.

You can put as many or as few things on your altar as you’d like. I recommend that you keep an eye out while shopping for things that appeal to you. These certainly don’t have to be expensive pieces, but they should be the items that help to set the mood.

The more you’re able to feel witchy, the stronger your energy will grow. This means that your spells will be more effective. Everything here has a purpose!

Dress The Part

Lastly, I like to dress a certain way when I’m practicing. It really helps me get in the mood!

You’ll generally find me in my pajamas!! What can I say, I like to be comfortable but also prefer wearing black so that my energy is like a blank slate. 

Of course, everyone is different! Some witches like dressing up (edgy, trendy, Victorian, etc.) depending on the spell they’re casting. Others like me like to be comfortable. Some witches like color and color associations for certain spells while others always dress in black, white, or neutral tones.

Figure out what type of clothing works for you. It’s OK if you have to try out a few different things!

I do feel that clothing is pretty important because everything during spell work has some kind of association, so the way you look and feel will add specific energy to your practice.

I hope this post helps you brainstorm ways to bring in that mindful witch vibe during spell work. Happy casting!


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